Saturday, 22 December 2012

Finding my Santa

I have a lot of vintage decorations hanging on my wonderful Christmas tree. Billy wrote a post for me here if you missed me putting it up a few weeks ago. Yesterday was the shortest day of the year and this was how my tree looked twinkling in the evening.
One of my oldest decorations is one originally owned by my granddad (my Mum's Dad). He was born in the late 1890s so I would guess that it is made of one of the very early plastics. It is a pink angel.

He died many years ago;when I was 13, so I don't remember seeing it on his tree but I am delighted that each year it hangs on my tree. I would guess that it dates from the 1940s or 50s?

My Nan (my Dad's Mum) was alive until I was in my 20s and I do vividly remember her fabulous "kitsch" Christmas decorations hanging on her Christmas tree in the 1960s. She lived in a small flat and always had one of those very artificial silver tinsel trees. It always fascinated me.
I must admit we have always had real trees and again I am delighted that some of her decorations hang on my tree now.

Just how retro is this fun Santa ;0)

and how about this genuine 1960s  retro elf. They really do make me smile when I see them. My own Mum has bought me many of my tree decorations over the years. Each one has such a special memory.

There is however one Christmas decoration which I have sorely missed for some years. When I was a little girl my Mum bought a wonderful (to me at the age of around 5!!) Santa on his sleigh. He was a pipe cleaner Santa with a plastic face and little "gifts" on his sleigh. In my childhood mind I used to imagine he was real and thought of all the journeys he made on Christmas Eve.

Some years ago I noticed that my Mum had stopped hanging him on her tree. When I asked where he was she told me that she had thrown him away!!

I was stunned....but realized she could not have possibly known of my childhood memories. She just thought he had got a bit tatty and threw him away after Christmas one year.

Since that day I have put an "Ebay" search on at Christmas time to see if I could find him again. Several have come up but they have either been in really poor repair or have gone for too high a price.
2 weeks ago I found one had been put on Ebay. It looked in good condition and I contacted the seller who said that for a decoration that was 50 years old it was in great vintage condition. It's starting price was £4.99 and I put on a maximum price of £7 and sat back and waited.

The auction finished last Saturday and yes, you guessed it........I won and for just the starting price of £4.99. I eagerly waitied for Mr Postie to deliver him and he arrived a few days ago.
I am just so delighted as he is in wonderful condition. Here he is;

He is just exactly the same as my old Santa and is even carrying his little whip. He is quite fragile so I have sat  him on the branches so that he does not rip his hat. Now there is more to the story as the seller not only sent me him but she sent me......a spare!

Now the spare does have a little bit of damage, he no longer carries his whip and one of his feet is missing but the seller said I could have him for "spare parts". Well of course I cannot just use him for spare parts, he will stay with "The Boss".

So after all these years I have found my Santa and he is able to ride his tree again. And who knows maybe he will be missing on Christmas Eve for some time delivering presents ;0) and he even has a one legged friend to help!
My card challenge today just has to be another "vintage/retro" feel card. It is another that I made using an image from the brilliant Joanna Sheen CD I won.

He is a really happy Santa and just so vintage to me. He epitomizes the Santas seen on cards in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Here he is in close up. The backing paper is my home made blended distress inked card using Tim Holtz red and green ink pads. I added Lili of the Valley sentiments and matted everything with very festive red card. The red gingham ribbon was added as a finishing touch.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Joanna Sheen with love at Christmas
Holly Jolly Challenge Vintage Christmas
Card Crafters Circle #54 It's Christmas
Papercrafting Journey Anything goes
Paper shelter #93 anything goes
Charisma cards Santa #50
Woopsi Daisy Traditional Christmas
Whimsy Stamps anything goes at Christmas
Crafts and Me Bumper Christmas challenge
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge anything goes for Christmas #104

There are just 3 days left of my Countdown to Christmas. I will be back on Monday for my very last post. We are off to a family birthday meal tonight and then on Sunday we will be enjoying the carols at Chichester Cathedral with our daughter and son in law. I just have to collect the turkey on Sunday from the local butcher and then I am all set for the family to arrive. I hope you are all getting the finishing touches completed for this magical time. It is certainly not going to be a white Christmas here this just keeps on raining!

I am so glad that I found my Santa again, after all these years  Ho Ho Ho ;0)

Back on Christmas Eve for my final exciting.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a stroke of luck finding your Santa again not once but twice!!
    I remember we used to have a little elf like yours when I was young, I wonder wonder what happened to him!
    Love your jolly Santa card, just as Santa should look. :)
    Have wonderful weekend Jane ( it's like a hurricane here!)
    V xxx

  2. It was meant to be wasn't it Viv. It is torrential rain here... definitely not a white Christmas. I am busy making mince pies...mmm. Enjoy your weekend too,
    Jane x

  3. Fantastic realization ! Everything in simplicity and sweetness. It's perfect ! Bravo !

    Thanks for joining us at Charima Cardz this week !
    I wish you a merry Christmas !

    Hugs from France.

  4. Many thanks Catherine, I hope it is drier in France than it is here!
    Jane x

  5. Thanks for sharing some special ornaments and memories, Jane.
    Busy last fews days until Tuesday.
    I've enjoyed your Snowman and your very own gingerbread man papers.

    Happy weekend and Solstice,
    (If you need snow, we have plenty here.)

  6. I would love some of your snow Anne but for it to just be here for a few hours. Seriously the flooding here is dreadful, we need to take care on the roads to Kent later.Enjoy the last few days,
    Jane x

  7. Hi Jane,
    Loved hearing about your Ebay success! It's great when ornaments carry a special memory. We have mostly handcrafted pieces on our tree---many made by my grandmother.

    Your cards reminded me that I have her collection of old holiday postcards from the early 1900's--many of them Christmas themed. It made me think that I could scan some and incorporate them into cards of my own.

    Merry Christmas! Our forecast is for a little snow on Christmas day, so maybe we'll have a white one after all!


  8. Hi Jane, it was a wonderful find. Your tree sounds fab and you really should think about scanning those old postcards I would love to see them. Keep's still raining here. Mery Christmas,
    Jane x

  9. Great Vintage Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges and all the best to you and your family this holiday season. Please join us in 2013 for more Christmas themed cards.

  10. Love all your pictures and your Santa card is super - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 104 - hope to see you again soon. Happy Christmas x

  11. Dear Jane,

    This post made me smile so so so wide - thank you for sharing the story of Santa&his sleigh, and him coming back to you and bringing his twin this time too - I love it! And your tree is so beautiful! I am typing this in my sofa and there's a wonderful scent of tree all around me - we just took out tree in, and it'll be decorated tomorrow...

    ...It's all so close, enjoy, dear friend!


  12. Oh dear Jane! Your story just made my day!! What a totally fun and wonderful thing that you could find that vintage ornament like the one from your childhood!! Yippeeee!! And for the seller to send them both.. how kind! Enjoy the next 3 days!

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    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Dear Jane, that was a lovely Christmas story! You have special Christmas tree with so many memories! I love your new card - this is my favourite! Happy holidays! x Teje

  14. Hi Hazel, thanks for popping by,
    Jane x

  15. I can't wait to see your tree Mia, it's nearly time now,
    Jane x

  16. It's extraodinary how I managed to find one Teresa, that's the beauty of Ebay! Glad your enjoyed my post,
    Jane x

  17. Good morning Teje, my card is a really happy Santa isn't he.I was so pleased with my CD of images I won. I will have lots to play with in the years to come,
    Jane x

  18. Gorgeous card - love the traditional Santa image - and fabulous tree too :o)
    Thanks for playing along at Charisma this time.
    Good luck.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    Debs xx

  19. another lovely post and lots of great photo's love your card and thank you for joining us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge
    Merry Xmas
    Hugs Kate xx

  20. Thanks Debs, great to see you here,
    Jane x

  21. Hi Kate, wishing you a very Merry Christmas too ;0)
    Jane x

  22. So glad you found your Santa again, Jane....and a spare too, how lucky is that?? Love your sparkly tree and your sweet Santa card, which looks so jolly and cheerful!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  23. I love your Santa, it must have been very exciting to find him, and then get two!! I love ebay, it's made it so much easier to find things you wouldn't have had a hope in hell of getting before. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas :) Bethx

  24. A beautiful creation... thanks for sharing with us at the Card Crafter's Circle!
    Holiday hugs,

  25. What a fabulous card, love the image. Thanks for playing with us at Whimsy stamps!


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